Monday, August 11, 2008

IS THIS A HIBISCUS?








For 50 weeks of the year, I hardly notice this bush along side of the road as I drive to town. Then the first week of August it bursts into bloom, and I'm always surprised. I don't know why for years it has always caught me unaware, but I always feel so joyous when I see it

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The blooms are huge at about 10" in diameter, the size of a dinner plate. They look so tropical; and in our semi-arid climate, almost look out of place. I've never seen another bush like it in our area.





I hope you have found some unexpected joy today!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Sally


A disclaimer: Only one grandchild was totally embarrassed when I quickly pulled over in traffic to take these pictures. Being eleven, she will recover as soon as she gets accustomed to her grandmother having a blog.




















4 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Yep, it's a hibiscus. I live in Florida, and we have them all over the place--pink blooms like the one you've pictured, white, and variegated.

bj said...

I do believe it is a hibiscus and....I WANT ONE..this is beautiful.
Oh, in time, the grandchildren will get used to you taking pictures of EVERYTHING...mine did. At first, they were mortified...then, they begin to say, "Can I take a pic of THAT for your blog?" haha...gotta love em!

Smilingsal said...

Sally,
Tag, you're it!
Stop by my blog Tuesday morning after 6:00 and find out all about it.

Rue said...

Hi Sally :)

Yep, it sure is! We can now grow them in the mid-west. I don't know why or how, but I'm thrilled because I miss some of the plants from back home in California.

My kids are really sick of their picture getting taken, but they like to point things out to me.

Have a beautiful day,
rue